Preface: This article will help you know salaries most people get after completing their culinary degrees. Please understand that this is an estimated figure and your exact salary may differ from what is written here.
Article updated: Jan 2005
What is salary range for graduates of culinary school? Your diploma will certainly give you an advantage over non-culinary school graduates. College graduates earn on average about $15,000 more per year than non-college graduates. Remember your level of experience and geographic location will influence your salary.
Average pay ranges in United States: Executive Chef: between $48,000 and $80,000 per year.
Pastry Chef: between $30,000 and $64,000 per year.
Food Scientist: between $42,000 and $63,000 per year.
Food Writer: between $40,000 and $54,000 per year.
Restaurant Manager: between $34,000 and $60,000 per year.
Sous-Chef: between $30,000 and $45,000 per year.
Hospitality Manager: between $30,000 and $42,000 per year.
Cook: between $28,000 and $32,000 per year.
Sources: National Restaurant Association, Salaries.com, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and Bizstats.com. January 2002.
Job Descriptions Executive chef: Executive chefs are highly skilled professionals with over eight years of cooking experience. They manage kitchen staff, plan menus, order supplies and ingredients, and oversee all food preparation and cooking.
Fast food cook: Fast food cooks prepare a limited selection of menu items in fast-food restaurants. They cook and package batches of food, such as hamburgers and fried chicken, which are prepared to order or kept warm until sold.
Food scientist: Food scientists apply scientific and engineering principles in research, development, production technology, quality control, packaging, processing, and utilization of food.